SUGGESTED THEMES for homily, bible study, or further study: Justice and peace are to be the marks of the Messiah and His reign (1st reading, Ps). We must reform our lives (Gospel) and live in harmony with others (2nd reading). Note the theme of judgment in 1st, Ps, and Gospel readings.
COMMENTARIES ON THE FIRST READING: Isaiah 11:1-10.
COMMENTARIES ON THE RESPONSORIAL PSALM: Psalm 72:1-2, 7-8, 12-13, 17.
COMMENTARIES ON THE SECOND READING: Romans 15:4-9.
Bernardin de Piconio on Romans 15:4-9. Actually, this post is on 15:1-13.
Aquinas’ Homily Notes on Rom 15:4-9~Can be used for points of meditation, prayer, further study:
COMMENTARIES ON THE GOSPEL READING: Matthew 3:1-12.
The Sacred Page: He Will Baptize With Fire. Catholic biblical scholar Dr Michael Barber’s commentary on the readings.
The Bible Workshop. Includes some relevant links, guide to Gospel reading, review of the other readings, suggestion for a lesson.
Lector Notes. Brief historical and theological background to the readings.
Gospel Summary with Life Implications. St Vincent’s Archabbey.
Thoughts From the Early Church. From a commentary on Matthew by Paschasius Radbertus.
Scripture in Depth. Brief look at all the readings.
Historical-Cultural Context. The Gospel reading in light of 1st century Mediterranean culture.
Prepare For Mass. Various links, videos, etc.
Franciscan Sister’s Bible Study Podcast. Looks at all of the readings.
St Martha’s Parish Bible Study Podcast. Looks at the readings in some detail.
St Irenaeus Ministries Podcast Study on Matthew 3. Looks at John the Baptist in Matthew 3. Click on POD icon to play.
Signs of the New Exodus: Matthew 3-4. Dr. Brant Pitre on Matthew 3-4.
Dr Scott Hahn’s Sunday Bible Reflections. Brief. Does good job of summarizing the major theme(s) of the readings.
Father Robert Barron’s Homily Podcast. A noted theologian, scholar, speaker.